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Redoing Your Bathroom? 5 Ways to Make It Greener

Whether you are looking at a huge renovation or a smaller change, there are ways to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly. If you're looking to "go green" throughout your home, these are just five steps you can take in the right direction.

Change the Water Heater

Rather than opting for a traditional water heater, you should consider using a tankless heater. These heaters don't require you to keep gallons of water hot, but rather heat water as it passes through the heaters.

Lighting Options

Check the lighting options for your bathroom. Look for ways to install fewer lights to achieve the lighting effect you want and use energy efficient light bulbs when you do. Swapping out traditional lights for florescent and LED lights where possible can make for an easy way to reduce the energy you draw to illuminate the room.

Environmentally Friendly Painting or Re-Tiling

If you feel your bathroom needs a fresh coat of paint or new tiles, look for options that are safer for you, your family, and the environment. For example, covering your walls with paint that contains low concentrations of volatile organic compounds, can allow you to rest easier knowing these products are better for the environment and for those in your home who may breathe in the chemicals as they dry. Likewise, consider using recycled materials or tile and tiling products that are made with environmentally safe products.

Reduce Water Usage

Low flow is the way to go when it comes to your bathroom. Install low flow toilets and aerators to your faucets and shower heads. According to a specialist from Amyotte's Plumbing & Heating Ltd., these are designed to work just as efficiently as older models while using less water. There are even water-free and composting toilets that take this one step further.

Don't Forget the Small Stuff

Seemingly minor details can make or break a design. This is no less true when it comes to making your bathroom "green." When you buy an item for your home, consider if there is a greener option. Are you using a fabric, rather than plastic, shower liner? Is your toilet paper recycled and septic-tank safe? Have you opted for cloth towels rather than disposable paper? All of these can make a big difference in how environmentally friendly your bathroom will be.

Whether you are planning an upgrade or to make some slight changes, consider these five methods of modifying your bathroom so it is more environmentally friendly. If you remember to consider using safer materials and reducing your energy and water usage, you will do your bills and the environment a favor.

Photo Credit: Dennis Hill

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